Chris O’Dwyer, the Local Area Representative for the Labour Party in Dublin Mid West is calling on the four Dublin Local Authorities to fund LGBTQI in local towns and communities in the County.
O’Dwyer said: “At present the majority of LGBTQI affirming spaces are located in the city centre and the current Covid 19 restrictions have highlighted the need for more LGBTQI friendly spaces in communities across the county. “Yes things have gotten better for the community in recent years, the marriage referendum boosted the visibility of the community however, homophobia still exists and members of the LGBTQI Community need access to local resources “Spaces like the Outhouse on Capel Street are invaluable to the community and provide amazing levels of support. This is what is needed locally, this what should be invested in and resourced. These spaces allow members of the community to get peer support, access resources and allow them to socialise without having to continously check themselves and ask themselves the question “am I being too gay?”